Bryan could work at Everton but they should keep options open

Everton are considering a summer move for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, according to the Sunday People.

What’s the story?

The left-back position has been somewhat of a problem for the Merseyside outfit this season.

During Leighton Baines’s injury absence, Cuco Martina was called on to fill in the role, but due to being right-footed he struggled to impress.

During the January transfer window, supporters called for manager Sam Allardyce to bring in a new left-back, but a transfer was never completed.

Now, on page 48 of the Sunday People print edition, published on March 18, it has been claimed that the club are eyeing a swoop for Bryan.

It is believed that the 24-year-old is being considered as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Baines.

Is Bryan a good option?

The left-back has performed well for Bristol City this season having started 34 Championship games.

Bryan has also contributed with five goals and two assists in all competitions.

The Bristol-born player certainly has the attributes to fit into the team at Everton but there are question marks over his experience.

Bryan has only ever played for the Robins, aside from a few loan spells at Bath City and Plymouth.

The Premier League is a different beast, and if the Toffees want a player that can hit the ground running, it may not be Bryan.

There is nothing to say that he will not be table to tackle the top flight, but given that left-back is a problem area for Everton, they could do with a proven player.